Although early 2021 is looking more promising for the event industry, it is still too early to commit to a ‘real’ event of this size and nature in February. If numbers had to be limited and starts staggered, this just wouldn’t be a viable proposition and the event would operate at a significant loss. With that in mind, we’ve decided to launch our first (and maybe only) virtual ‘race’.
This differs to the Tunnel and Santa virtual challenges which are very much personal challenges. In this, you will run a course and submit a time that will appear in official results.
Entry is £10 and this includes a bespoke event medal. This fee includes the card handling charge.
The Naseby 1645 course is well known for being a bit lumpy. It has around 260m or 850ft of elevation. For this race, you have a choice. You can either:
>complete the Naseby 1645 route starting/finishing at any point along the course or
>complete your own route of 16.45 miles with a minimum elevation of 200m or 656ft.
When you’ve finished, you just need to submit the evidence via a link that we will send to you.
This can be done at any point in the month of February. It can be on road or trail.
There are a few things to bear in mind. The route usually starts at Naseby Village Hall. Parking here is limited and it has been a popular venue for events by a number of organisers for many years. There have been incidents where inconsiderate parking on grass verges etc has put future events in jeopardy. If you choose to start from here and find that there isn’t any parking available in the main car park, then please do not park on grass verges.
Alternatively, you could drive to Sibbertoft, East Farndon, Marston Trussell or Clipston and find somewhere to park where you will not impact on locals and spoil grass verges. As the event will be spread out over the month and people will choose to start from different places, there is no reason why this needs to be a problem.
Please also consider that the main loop itself will be a little short on distance as you usually have to exit/enter the car park at the start/end of the race. Wherever you start from, please add enough on so that your watch/phone shows 16.45 miles or 26.47 km if you prefer.
If you wish to use a route closer to home, then please plot the course using a mapping tool to check that there is enough elevation. Depending on where you live, some of you may struggle to find enough hills.
We will mark the main route using small yellow arrows and leave them in situ for the month of February. There is a chance however that they might go missing for one reason or another so it is highly recommended that you use a GPX of the route and/or carry a printed map of the route. If you are following a GPX on your watch, it will allow you to pick up the route midway through and even direct you to the route. Alternatively, you could choose to do a route closer to home.
The GPX can be found on the RH website and on the Rider HQ platform. This shows the route starting in Naseby.
We will soon be launching a new event. The Battle of the Brampton Valley Way is a 45k/28 mile run along the Brampton Valley Way. We will be releasing a free ’15 Week Training Plan’ to help you achieve your first ever ultra. There are details in the notes about how to use the Naseby 1645 as part of the plan.